36 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

36 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

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36 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

Start: Detroit, United States
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
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Seattle, United States
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bellingham, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Vancouver, Canada
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Portland, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Eugene, United States
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Redding, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Sacramento, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Deer Park, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
San Francisco, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
10
Los Angeles, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
San Diego, United States
— 4 nights
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Fly + bus + foot + bus:  7​h 45​min
End: Detroit, United States

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Seattle, United States

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Snoqualmie Falls and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Point No Point Lighthouse and Pioneer Square will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: Bloedel Reserve (in Bainbridge Island), Tacoma (Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium & Chihuly Bridge of Glass) and Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (in Olympia). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, make a trip to Seattle Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, and take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Seattle trip itinerary maker site .

Detroit to Seattle is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in December, expect Seattle to be a bit warmer, temps between 47°F and 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bellingham.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Tacoma, Snoqualmie Falls, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Bloedel Reserve, Fort Worden State Park
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Bloedel Reserve ©
Bloedel Reserve
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
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Bellingham, United States

Bellingham ©
Perched at the northern end of Washington's Pacific coast, the mid-sized city of Bellingham serves as an important stopover on the road between Seattle and Vancouver.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hellam's Vineyard and Skagit County Historical Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Mt Baker and Chain Lakes Loop. Change things up with these side-trips from Bellingham: Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Mount Vernon) and Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (in La Conner).

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Drive from Seattle to Bellingham in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Bellingham can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Bellingham

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

La Conner, Mt Baker, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
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Whatcom Falls Park ©
Whatcom Falls Park
Mt Baker ©
Mt Baker

3
nights
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
On the 15th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Deep Cove, look for all kinds of wild species at George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, get engrossed in the history at Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, then admire the landmark architecture of Bloedel Conservatory, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Spanish Banks, kick back and relax at Kitsilano Beach, then wander the streets of Gastown, and finally take in the views from Lions Gate Bridge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vancouver online trip maker .

Drive from Bellingham to Vancouver in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Vancouver are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Vancouver

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, Lighthouse Park, Deep Cove, George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
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Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach
Spanish Banks
Spanish Banks

3
nights
Portland, United States

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Cape Meares Lighthouse. Change things up with a short trip to Mount Hood in Hood River (about 1h 25 min away).

For reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Portland visit planning app .

Getting from Vancouver to Portland by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Portland are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Eugene.

Things to do in Portland

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mount Hood, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Cape Meares Lighthouse, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Fort Clatsop National Memorial
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Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood

few
hours
Eugene, United States

Eugene
Eugene is a city of the Pacific Northwest located in the U.S. To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Eugene trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Portland to Eugene takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 34°F. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel to Redding.

Things to do in Eugene

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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3
nights
Redding, United States

Redding ©
Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. On the 21st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Gaumer's Jewelry, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Horse Sanctuary, and then explore and take pictures at Lema Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): take a memorable drive along Trinity Heritage National Scenic Byway, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park, and then see the interesting displays at Jake Jackson Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Redding tour planner .

You can drive from Eugene to Redding in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Eugene, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Redding, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Redding

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Weaverville, Gaumer's Jewelry & Musuem, Wild Horse Sanctuary
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Wild Horse Sanctuary ©
Wild Horse Sanctuary
Jake Jackson Museum ©
Jake Jackson Museum

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Sacramento, United States

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Get outdoors at Effie Yeaw Nature Center and Eldorado National Forest. Renwood Winery and Helwig Vineyards & Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Sacramento side-trips: Jeff Runquist Wines (in Plymouth), Lodi (Michael David Winery & Klinker Brick Winery) and Beals Point (in Folsom). There's more to do: do a tasting at Boeger Winery and contemplate the long history of Historic Bob Hope Theatre.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Sacramento driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Redding to Sacramento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in December, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Deer Park.

Things to do in Sacramento

#Parks, #Wineries, #Nature

Side Trips

Plymouth, Placerville, Lodi, Beals Point, Effie Yeaw Nature Center
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Effie Yeaw Nature Center ©
Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Renwood Winery ©
Renwood Winery
Eldorado National Forest ©
Eldorado National Forest

1
night
Deer Park, United States

Deer Park ©
Deer Park is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. On the 27th (Wed), do a tasting at Schweiger Vineyards & Winery, learn about winemaking at HALL Rutherford, then learn about winemaking at Flora Springs - The Room, and finally view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Deer Park route website .

You can drive from Sacramento to Deer Park in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Deer Park can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Deer Park

#Wineries, #Museums

Side Trips

Rutherford, St. Helena
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Schweiger Vineyards ©
Schweiger Vineyards
HALL Rutherford ©
HALL Rutherford
Flora Springs - The Room ©
Flora Springs - The Room

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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Wharf and Twin Peaks. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Bean Hollow State Beach (in Pescadero), Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay) and Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz). There's more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder .

Traveling by car from Deer Park to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deer Park in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 45°F in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Natural Bridges State Beach, Miramar Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Bean Hollow State Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Prime Desert Woodland Preserve will get you outdoors. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Santa Monica Mountains, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: highs in Los Angeles hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
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Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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San Diego, United States

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. Step off the beaten path and head to Oceanside Pier and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Point Loma, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at Mormon Battalion Historic Site.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Diego holiday site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in San Diego sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Point Loma ©
Point Loma

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